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Congressman Mike Bost

Representing the 12th District of Illinois

Veterans

Americans owe a debt of gratitude to our nation’s bravest individuals – those who have served and given their lives in defense of freedom and liberty. As a country, we must remember the sacrifices of our veterans who have bravely served our nation, as well as their families, and I remain committed to providing the best care possible for them.

As a veteran, I am honored to serve our heroes as chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs. My responsibilities  as chairman include management of our national cemeteries, reforming the claim appeals process, and reviewing the quality and training methods of the Veterans Benefits Administration. 

Congress can’t lose sight of the promises made to our troops, our veterans, and their families. Our service members must be provided with the tools necessary to complete their mission and return safely as quickly as possible. Further, we must work to ensure that our veterans receive the care and services to which they are entitled in a timely, convenient and efficient manner. 

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November 14, 2019 In The News

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In Du Quoin, the keynoter was U.S. Marine and congressman Mike Bost of Murphysboro, who took the podium to the rousing strains of the Marine's Hymn.

He spoke of the first Veterans Day, or Armistice Day, as it was called 101 years ago, when people still held out hope that World War I truly would be the "war to end all wars."

November 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (R-IL) today introduced the bipartisan World War II Pacific War Heroes Congressional Gold Medal Act to award Congress’ highest civilian honor to American prisoners of war who fought Imperial Japan in the Pacific Theater of World War II.

November 10, 2019 In The News

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A few years back, a Southern Illinois veteran named “Lieutenant Dan” — yes, just like the movie — gave me a red and yellow woven bracelet. It represented the colors of the Marine Corps. He had one simple request: that when I wear it, I remember for whom I work.

November 4, 2019 In The News

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is "severely" short of nurses, psychiatrists, police and human resources staff.

VA watchdog agencies, the Office of the Inspector General and Government Accountability Office, said in recent reports that a lack of these employees is a "root cause" of patient problems and major VA hiring and retention challenges "hamper VA's ability to effectively serve veterans."

October 31, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (R-IL) today introduced bipartisan legislation to reform hiring for human resources positions at Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities. The VA Hospitals Establishing Leadership Performance (HELP) Act, introduced with Representative Joe Cunningham (D-SC), instructs the VA to establish qualifications for each HR position within the VHA and establish standardized performance metrics similar to the private sector. HR departments at the VA currently have no such requirements.

September 30, 2019 In The News

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U.S. Representative Mike Bost (R-IL) introduced bipartisan legislation to designate the Illinois Air National Guard 126th Air Refueling Wing at Scott Air Force Base as a Center of Excellence for KC-135R maintenance operations.

September 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Reps. Mike Bost (R-IL) and Anthony Brindisi (D-NY) to extend funding for several critical Department of Veterans Affairs programs, including financial assistance for supportive services for low-income veterans and allowances for transportation for veterans in rural areas. The Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act, which passed the House by a 417-1 margin, extends these programs for one year so that vulnerable veterans do not see a gap in support.

September 18, 2019 In The News

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KFVS) - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bi-partisan bill on Wednesday, September 18 that includes financial assistance for supportive services for low-income veterans and allowances for transportation for veterans in rural areas.

September 6, 2019 In The News

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WSIL -- U.S. Representative Mike Bost filed legislation Thursday that could save tax payers millions of dollars. He introduced the VA Cost Savings Enhancement Act, which would require VA facilities to install on-site medical waste systems. 

June 20, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C.— The House of Representatives today unanimously approved an appropriations amendment offered by U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12) that ensures increased opportunities for veteran-owned small businesses to compete for grants and contracts from the U.S. State Department. Similar preferences are already provided to American businesses owned by the socially and economically disadvantaged, as well as faith-based organizations.